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Sen. Don Balfour surprised with Skype session with soldier son

Sen. Don Balfour was surprised Monday with a Skype session with his son, who is serving a deployment in Afghanistan, as the Legislature celebrated Georgia National Guard Day.

Sen. Don Balfour was surprised Monday with a Skype session with his son, who is serving a deployment in Afghanistan, as the Legislature celebrated Georgia National Guard Day.

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Don Balfour

During Georgia National Guard Day at the Capitol Monday, legislators surprised a local senator with a message from a special soldier.

Sen. Don Balfour, R-Snellville, was surprised to be able to speak to son Trey from Afghanistan, where he was deployed for a second tour of duty earlier this year.

“The work conducted by the Georgia National Guard deserves our upmost recognition for the bravery and valor they possess while protecting our state and country,” Balfour said in a press release. “The opportunity to see Trey during today’s presentation was undoubtedly the best way to begin my week and I cannot express how proud I am of him, his team and the National Guard for their service.”

National Guardsmen filled the hallways of the Capitol for the special day Monday, and Adjutant Gen. Jim Butterworth was in attendance for celebrations.

On the Skype session, Trey Balfour was joined by members of the 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team on-site in Kabul.